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‘I feel like we choked’: Ex-Obama official haunted by failure to stop Russia’s interference

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Former President Barack Obama’s handling of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has been a major topic of debate, as even some of his allies have criticized him for not doing more to stop it.

A new Washington Post report offers an in-depth look at how Obama dealt with Russia’s efforts to help Donald Trump get elected president, and one former Obama administration official says that he is haunted by the administration’s failure to do more.

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“It is the hardest thing about my entire time in government to defend,” the official told the Post. “I feel like we sort of choked.”

Michael McFaul, who served as the Obama administration’s ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, said that Obama’s decision to expel Russian diplomats from the United States and to level harsher sanctions against the country in December 2016 was far too small of an action given the scope of what the Russians had done.

“The punishment did not fit the crime,” he told the Post. “Russia violated our sovereignty, meddling in one of our most sacred acts as a democracy — electing our president. The Kremlin should have paid a much higher price for that attack. And U.S. policymakers now — both in the White House and Congress — should consider new actions to deter future Russian interventions.”

Another unnamed administration official, however, tells the Post that the administration figured that it could wait until after the election to level punishments against Russia because it had to concentrate its resources on making sure the Russians weren’t able to breach into electronic voting systems to alter vote totals.

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“Our primary interest in August, September and October was to prevent them from doing the max they could do,” the official said. “We made the judgment that we had ample time after the election, regardless of outcome, for punitive measures.”


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‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law

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Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The host played a notorious clip of Trump.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.

"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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